JULY 1 – Melburnians Rally for Assange in response to Australian Government Abandonment

On Sunday, July 1, Melburnians will take to their streets to rally in support of Julian Assange on the steps of the State Library from 12noon-2pm. Speakers; MP Adam Brandt, Lizzie O’Shea (leading Human Rights Lawyer), Daniel Matthews (WikiLeaks founding member) and live performances from internet sensation RAP NEWS and Natalie Pa’apa’a of Blue King Brown.

The rally supports Julian’s appeal for political asylum in Ecuador in the context of overwhelming evidence the Swedish extradition order has been handled with unprecedented irregularity and the US administration are preparing to prosecute Julian Assange under the Espionage Act.  Evidence which includes; Australian diplomatic reports released to Fairfax media and the Greens under freedom-of-information laws, disclosures at the Bradley Manning pre-trial of a massive investigation file on Assange & WikiLeaks and subpoenas issued to WL associates by a Grand Jury convened in Alexandria, Virginia to hear evidence against Assange.

Rally organizers, WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) stated “In the face of this the Australian government has adopted a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with the US administration so that they can continue to disingenuously declare they have no information about an impending US extradition.”

Sam Castro of WACA further stated, “Our Government offers empty assurances that Julian will receive due process in Sweden without any acknowledgement or engagement with the facts that his treatment to date has been a continuous departure from due process.”

Sam Castro also claimed, “The Australian and Swedish government continues to ignore the demand for public assurance they will not approve an extradition request from the US while Julian is in Sweden.  This is the only reason Assange, with the encouragement of his supporters, is refusing to comply with the Swedish extradition order.”

“If a US extradition is not successfully blocked and Assange, along with Manning, is made an example of to all Western activists, dissidents, whistleblowers, independent publishers and journalists the affect on freedom of speech, press & access to information will be absolutely devastating.” said Sam Castro.

Media interview requests:

Print & radio interviews with Christine Assange or Rally speakers contact – Kaz Cochrane (WACA) on 0449 944 420

WACA media spokesperson – Sam Castro on 0439 569 289

Full Speakers List:

Robbie Thorpe (indigenous activist)

Adam Bandt (Australian Greens deputy leader)

Natalie Pa’apa’a (Blue King Brown band)

Daniel Mathews (WikiLeaks founding member)

                        RAP NEWS performance

Lizzie O’Shea (human rights lawyer)

Dave Haidon (Pirate Party)

Patrick OConnor (SEP Melbourne by-election candidate)

Sean Bedlam (activist/comedian)

Greg Barns (Australian Lawyers Alliance president – TBC)

Joel Kershaw (Occupy Melbourne)

James Johnson (lawyer and independent federal candidate for Lalor)

Nick Carson (citizens Media Collective)

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3 Responses to “JULY 1 – Melburnians Rally for Assange in response to Australian Government Abandonment”

  1. nonviolentconflict Reply 29/06/2012 at 11:59 pm

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

  2. Concerned citizen Reply 11/07/2012 at 4:24 pm

    If a law is unjust, not only is a man right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” ~Thomas Jefferson. Perhaps someone can remind America.

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